About the term ‘Lukumí’

About the term ‘Lukumí’

The word ‘Lukumí’ has a documented history that goes back almost 500 years. See these images and read about the various interpretations in academic papers and books.

A guide to the Sacred Groves of Òṣogbo

A guide to the Sacred Groves of Òṣogbo

Àdùnní Olórìṣà Susanne Wenger wrote a guide for visitors to the Sacred Grove of Ọ̀ṣun Òṣogbo. Get this rare first-hand information now online!  

Yorùbá language courses

Yorùbá language courses

A review of Yorùbá language courses availabe on the market today, for the Yorùbá students and olorisha worldwide.

Yorùbá dictionaries

Yorùbá dictionaries

You are looking for a good Yorùbá dictionary? Here’s a review of 21 of them, including some diaspora vocabulary books.

Yorùbá Publishing Manual

Yorùbá Publishing Manual

A semi-professional guide leading you through common problems with publishing (Orisha literature) in Yorùbá language.

Yorùbá Iron Walking Sticks

Yorùbá Iron Walking Sticks

Òòsùn, Ọbàtálá, Ọ̀sanyìn and Òrìṣà Oko are among the Òrìṣà that have typical iron sticks called ọ̀pá. Here's a basic description, including Cuban and Brazilian offsprings!

The Yorùbá Speech Synthesizer

The Yorùbá Speech Synthesizer

An interview with Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún, who works on the Text-To-Speech application of Yorùbá language and the chances this offers for millions of people. 

Yorùbá Melody Audio Course

Yorùbá Melody Audio Course

Download the free Yorùbá Audio Course with 90 minutes of useful phrases in 22 chapters for Olorisha and cultural tourists! In English, Español or Português.

Dasalu, the Christian Yorùbá in Cuba

Dasalu, the Christian Yorùbá in Cuba

Dasalu was a Yorùbá from Abẹ́òkuta sold into slavery around 1850. With returning Lukumí he could send a letter and later returned to Africa. A portrait of the Trans-Atlantic Yorùbá network.  

Cuban Orisha Music

Cuban Orisha Music

We met Thomas Altmann, musician, babalawo and author of Cantos Lucumi a los Orichas for an interview about Santeria, ritual music and his work dedicated to the Yoruba religion.  

Itan Part 1: The Orisha Graphic Novel

Itan Part 1: The Orisha Graphic Novel

Stephen Hamilton shows us his fascinating comic book about Yoruba culture and how African art and thought can be used for social empowerment.

YORÙBÁ GESTURES

YORÙBÁ GESTURES

Traditional Yorùbá body language survived in the diaspora of slavery. Here is a small summary, taken from daily life in Yorùbáland in Benin and Nigeria. Anything seems familiar?

Òrun Àiyé - The Orisha Animation Movie

Òrun Àiyé - The Orisha Animation Movie

This fascinating stop-motion movie tells the Yorùbá story of the world's creation. We spoke with the directors about Afro-Brazilian culture, the “Law 10.639” and the fight against racism.

Historic Orisha Illustration

Historic Orisha Illustration

Read about the visual legacy of missionary book illustration from Yorùbáland and see how the image of Olorisha was shaped in the Western world. 

Yorùbá Melody Videos

Yorùbá Melody Videos

Listen to a series of short educational videos on the sound of Yorùbá language, including written translations into English.

Yoruba Apps for Kids

Yoruba Apps for Kids

We met Adébáyọ̀ Ìbídàpọ Adégbémbọ̀, founder of Genii Games, a Nigerian company that develops apps and cartoons to promote native African languages and stories. 

Ile Arira's cultural tours to Nigeria

Ile Arira's cultural tours to Nigeria

The Ilé Àrìrà offers cultural tours to Yorùbáland. Ọyawùnmí Àjàlá is a member of an Olórìṣà family from Òṣogbo. We spoke about traveling and Òrìṣà.